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Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 27, 2008 @ 01:42 PM | 12,199 Views
So, we decided our CP (office to you civilian types) is not quite sufficient for what we need. So, I spent the last two weeks working on getting lumber. NOT an easy task. Yes, it took weeks, and yes it took miles and miles of me walking around to convince people I needed lumber. In the end, it all worked out.

So, destruction and construction commenced today around 1pm. These photos show after we ripped up the old "deck" that someone slapped together quite poorly. We now have the new structure for the floor moved in front of the building, leveled, "tied into" the main building and decked with 5/8" plywood.

Tomorrow, and over the next few days or so, we will frame out the walls, roof doors etc... and then we will add a few "touches" of our own. Unfortunatly, we have no 2x4's so it will be "extra heavy duty" with 2x6's for walls etc...

I'll be sure to post pics of the progress when I can.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 14, 2008 @ 08:05 AM | 16,365 Views
Me and some of the guys finally made it down to the Bazaar they have here on Fridays. A bunch of locals come in and sell thier stuff. Here's a few pics from todays walking around.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 13, 2008 @ 03:36 AM | 14,090 Views
Here are some pics of our "houses". Lucky for us, we dont really get to spend much time in them. We have 8 people per house, that gives us each approx. 7' x 7' of living area. Kinda tight, but its enough. We also share the houses with millions of little freinds... termites. Gotta love them.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 07, 2008 @ 10:48 AM | 13,798 Views
Well, no pictures of RC airplanes lately... not for awhile either. So, I'll just keep loading you all up with pics from over here.

Today, the clouds were fairly low. looked a litte rough, but good enough to go (legal anyway). Well, a few miles out, it started raining. No big deal. Then the hail hit. Lemme tell ya, at 140 MPH, hail that is just slightly larger than "pea size" will wake you up quick! It only lasted a minute or two though. Our crew chiefs got pelted pretty good before they could get "protected" while manning the door guns.

But, as usual, alls well that ends well. Short day though, only logged 2.2

Enjoy the pics guys/gals.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 05, 2008 @ 01:09 PM | 15,449 Views
Here are some more pictures. Apparently the towers and the big building have some sort of historical value... I dont remember what though. Some "great ruler" guy from many many years ago maybe? I forget. Anyway, they were taken near Kabul, so maybe one of you know what it is.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 02, 2008 @ 07:21 AM | 12,812 Views
Here ya go guys. I promised at least one video... took most of the day to load it too. This is from the same flight as the last pictures.

Flying a UH-60L (1 min 22 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 29, 2008 @ 09:48 AM | 13,019 Views
Went out to Torkam gate today along the Pakistan border, to Jalalalalabad, and a little place named Kogiani. Had to take the Chaplain out to do services for the boys that are in the middle of nowhere.

Nice flight, no bullets zinging by our heads, so, all in all, successful mission. We came back in through a really neat little valley with a river and waterfall. Nice, slow, fun flight.

Laine.

EDIT:
Cant get the pictures loaded yet for some reason... they are coming though.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 24, 2008 @ 10:05 PM | 13,081 Views
Here are some more current pictures guys.

Nothing says "Goodmorning" like hot cup of coffee, a M240 Machine gun mounted to a UH-60 and a full belt of ammo!

Seems like you all enjoy seeing the pics, so I will keep posting them!

I will try to add some pics of "the guys" as we go along sometime.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 22, 2008 @ 08:20 AM | 11,905 Views
Hey folks,

If you watch the news or read the papers Im sure you saw the article about the helicopters full of senators etc... that landed on a mountain over here in Afghan. Yeah, it WAS us, 7 of my buddies and myself. Yeah, it sucked, and yeah, it was cold as heck. We were out there for too dang long in the snow, rain, ice, sleet and wind. But, we had CAS (close air support) flying over (F-15s and A-10s) head at nearly all times and they had a live Predator feed going the whole time too (when they could see anyway).

It was pretty hairy at first, but once we were on the ground all was ok. We had about 100 or so locals (freindly? who knows) all around on the mountain tops watching all night. No shots fired, so, we didnt either. Its all good.

Shortly after the landing, we had ground guys (Arizona National Guard) mobilized and on thier way to our location. Now, about the AZ guys... AWESOME is the only word to describe them. I have worked with many active and guard units, and these fellas were TOP NOTCH for sure. Outstanding. The guys stood outside, all night and all day, in the rain, snow, wind etc... Tough as nails, and didnt complain for a second. A huge thank you goes out to those boys for doin what they do best.

So, part of their force took the senators, generals ect... back "home" and the rest stayed with us. Then it was a waiting game for weather to clear. Now, 37 hours after we departed, we are "home".

Good times good times. I have some pics of the area, weather ect... and I'll post them when I can.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 19, 2008 @ 09:30 AM | 12,137 Views
I said there would be some in flight pics from over here, so here they are.

These are from around the Kabul area.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 18, 2008 @ 10:46 AM | 10,128 Views
Just some pictures of another day in "the office". Yeah, not your typical office I guess, but, its all I got!

Thanks for everything folks, and I'll see ya at SEFF '09!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 10, 2008 @ 11:14 AM | 10,035 Views
Just figured I'd post some pics of my new home for a year +.

We are at 5000 feet when we are on the ground here in Bagram, Afghanistan. So, you can imagine what its like goin over those mountains!

The sure do look nice though!

Soon I'll post some pics flyin over/through them.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 28, 2008 @ 11:51 AM | 10,678 Views
Well, as most of you know, Im kinda out of flying for awhile, well, RC flying anyway. Im in Bagram, Afghanistan for the next 14 months flyin Black Hawks. So, I'll still be around, just not with any planes for awhile.

Cant wait for SEFF 09!! lol

Laine... Out.
Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 15, 2007 @ 12:38 AM | 11,634 Views
Video from the ground...

Maiden Flight of the 13 foot span Ohio Combat SRT/10 (4 min 38 sec)


Video from the on-board Fly Cam One...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=786238

(link is fixed now)

Thanks everyone!

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 13, 2007 @ 11:42 PM | 11,685 Views
New pics! The night before I head for Nashville to fly it, figured I better get some new pics of it posted! Who knows what it will look like when I come home!

Anyway, I think the sponsors decals will make it fly better. Or in this case, make it FLY period!.
Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 13, 2007 @ 04:21 PM | 10,399 Views
Its official, as long as there is no friggin tornado or something tonight/tomorrow, the SRT/10 and I will be heading for Nashville. I'll be taking it out to Edwin Warner Field (Hobby-Lobbys field) and HOPEFULLY flying it this time!!!

Video will come soon after I get home, regardless of what happens.

Lets hope it gets in the air this time.

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 11, 2007 @ 09:40 PM | 10,583 Views
Here are some pics of the new landing gear and 6" inflatable tires mocked up on the SRT/10. I'll have them securely mounted in short order.

Next flight attempt will be coming up in the next few days! Stay tuned!

Also, we have a little freindly contest going on in the thread... guess how many feet/inches of silver pinstripes on the SRT!

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=731005

Laine.
Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 07, 2007 @ 10:11 AM | 10,521 Views
Well, its official. Something is causing this beast to go to the right all the time. It may be a thrust issue, it may be a wheel not spinning free, it may be a million things. What ever it is, I'll find it, and destroy it with extreme prejudice. Then, I'll go fly my dang big aXX airplane!

Here is the video from this past Saturday. Thanks to "LuckyDay" for the great work videoing and editing.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...19879143&hl=en
Posted by lmopar69 | Nov 12, 2007 @ 06:32 PM | 10,580 Views
I finally had some time to work on another plane today. so, I put a rudder on the TLAR Delta and painted it too. It does some wierd stuff now. But its a blast to fly slow or fast.

Laine.